TTFF: 11/18 History & Afterparty Update

12/29 Irish Times Update: $5 Cover Added to Afterparty

Book Cover (Masthay)

I did all I could to throw a free afterparty in New York City, but after negotiations with the owner of the bar, there will need to be a $5 cover charge in order to staff the event—specifically to have someone to run the “book check” so that anyone who purchases a book at the signing can enjoy the show without worrying about its safety. I can assure you that I am not making cent with the afterparty and this is a simple issue of the owner changing his mind after the fact. Nonetheless, $5 in New York City will hardly buy you a dog and a soda on the corner, so come across the street after the 29th show and celebrate a fantastic year of Phish with friends. Music all night long will be provided by provided by Coltrane and friends. The details are below for the sake of repetition:

12/29/2011 @ The Irish Times

254 W 31st St. (b/w 7th and 8th Ave)

Less than 1 block from MSG!

The Book Signing: 4 pm – 6 pm

The Afterparty: Post-show – 3 am – $5 cover charge

Come one, come all!


(Around) Ten Tunes for Friday: 11/18 in Phish History

11.16 / 11.18.94 Michigan Poster

November 18th has been a prolific date in Phish history, as the band performed on this day in the powerhouse years of ’94, ’95, ’96, and ’98. In addition, Phish also kicked of their first fall tour of the modern era in 2009 on this date, but though the “46 Days” and “Disease” were noteworthy, this playlist will consist of the other four shows. In 1994, Phish sat smack dab in the middle of one of the peak months of the mid ’90s, and on the 18th, they took their blistering chops up to Michigan State University in East Lansing for a smoking affair. The following year, Phish was on the second half of a marathon Fall tour when the passed through North Charleston Coliseum for a solid Fall ’95 show with some unreal peaks in. In 1996, November 18th brought the band to Memphis, Tennessee, where they played a phenomenal second set on their at the tail end the end of their Midwestern leg of the tour. And in 1998, the band played one of the first-ever shows at Greenville, South Carolina’s Bi-Lo center, a dark horse mid-week affair that is barely talked about though contains several great jams. When plucking the highlights from this quartet of shows, we are left with quite the Friday playlist! Let’s get right to it.


Split Open and Melt” 11.18.94 I

This jam vividly illustrates the band’s ferocious jamming of November ’94. Communicating as well as ever, they ridiculously shred this version to pieces.



2001 > Simple” 11.18..96 II

One of the first jammed out “2001s” leads into a sublime “Simple” led by Trey’s cathartic lead playing.



Reba” 11.18.95 I

This soaring rendition flies way under the radar in terms of ’95 “Rebas,” but can hold its own against the best of them.



Tweezer > Contact” 11.18.94 II

A quintessential Fall ’94 “Tweezer” starts with some snarling textures before the band hits a hard-edged “Wedge” tease, then settles into a groove and moves far beyond it into totally original places.



Wolfman’s > Lizards” 11.18.98 II

The band moves from the funk into an extended and groovy take on their ’98 melodic ambient style before merging with “Lizards.”



David Bowie” 11.18.98 I

This extended first set closer lit a fire under the band for the second half.



You Enjoy Myself” 11.18.95 II

This experimental 30-minute beast is best known for its “Brick House” jam, but offers a whole lot more.



Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.18.98 II

One of my personal favorites, much of this jam’s beauty lies in its initial section of delicate interaction. Flowing from start to finish, Trey shines throughout, bringing the jam to a massive peak.

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1,183 Responses to “TTFF: 11/18 History & Afterparty Update”

  1. Mike in Austin Says:

    amend my post to read “Vikings fan”

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Jake turned down a shit ton of money to be happy and go play handball. He is the real deal as far as people to look up to and admire. Tebow is why people hate Americans.

    @mia : awesome.

  3. tela'smuff Says:

    AJ – but its sooooo much deeper than that! 😉

    i met Jake and talked to him one on one for a bit. nice humble guy from what i could tell. shanahan’d.

  4. Phuzzy Says:

    @ Bingos Let’s be clear, and I’m pretty sure you are being sarcastic, but, Tebow isn’t a blip on the rest of the world’s radar. GWB, Bette Midler, and Michael Jackson’s doctor are the reasons people hate Americans.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    I know, football is not just men running and throwing and catching the ball…. it is, well… talent! (snarky snark snark)

    I get it, it is like chess.

  6. bhizzle Says:

    Bette Midler?!?!?! The Rose?

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    “I get it, it is like chess.”

    Depends on how you play chess AMH.

  8. Mike in Austin Says:
    Two little bad boys sitting on the wall, looking over the big bad city

    Exchanging ideas about making some dough, any way they can and quickly.

    And one he ain’t too fussed about the crust just a groat of cake’d do him fine.

    Blessed with an inkling, but the other’s into sprinkling – he’s after anything that shines.

    “Now here’s an idea – just hear me out before you shoot it down,” says the hyper of the two.

    Reels off a plan to beat the scam of all scams, involving a truckload of booze.

    Now you know that girl with peroxide curls, you know the one who does the cheques who’s pretty? We’ll bring her in and we’ll be living like kings, we don’t need no gun with them titties.

    Now hold up, slow down, wait a minute, let me finish – boy you must be mad.

    I’d rather be free and poor than behind a steel door, man, think of that.


    Great story.

  9. tela'smuff Says:

    AJ – i would love to talk D&D, or in later years, Magic the Gathering, but that never seems to get any traction.

  10. Jtran Says:

    And Pokemon too telas 😉 ?

    (jk, I played Magic too)

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    You better leave Bette Midler out of this Phuzzy. She’s a saint and I’ll not stand for anyone besmirching her good name.

  12. Phuzzy Says:

    @bhizzle Yes, other than The Rose and Hocus Pocus (which has been showing twice daily in my household for the last 3 weeks) that lady is a bad example of Amuricana

  13. tela'smuff Says:

    loved Magic. sometimes when i stop in the comic book store and see some dudes, 14 yr olds up to 30 yr olds, all playing Magic in some side room, i really want to grab a deck and start playing. i have some dark sides to my life.

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    Im mostly into football for the fringe sports that come out of it, you know, the dog fighting and the horseplay.

  15. Phuzzy Says:

    @Bingos Apt use of besmirching FTW. I stand corrected.

  16. Jtran Says:

    I played in my middle school years, but really collected moreso than played the game.

    Had a great black/white deck though (I think. This may or may not be possible..I know it included white)

    Had a girl taht sat at my table in 6th grade science class that claimed to have 4 Japanese Charizards. She never did bring those in to class, but she had a crush on me and kept claiming she’d give me one.


  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    Lesson learned. Ok, go back to sports talk, far better than Magic the Gathering talk.

  18. Mike in Austin Says:

    Washing Machines, NFL -> Tebow,

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    China > dorky D & D card games…

    #Team Aj’d

  20. Phuzzy Says:

    Tim Tebow says you guys are pagan dorks.

  21. angryjoggerz Says:


  22. bhizzle Says:

    I’lll jump on that boat tela…I’m well rounded

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    I seriously wish that Radiohead played at the Peach Pit on 90210.

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah, no idea on pokemon, that was a bit too late for my age. there were a few stoner games we got into.

    Super Mario Kart on the N64
    Hot-po-lighter (toss a lighter on back of hand , around the room)
    Hacky sack
    and my favorite – Axis and Allies.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    super mario kart. i confess to that. Stoner college game. Should have opened more books.

    Sega Hockey was the big one though.

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